Basketball: NBA confirms talks to restart season at Disney site

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Essentially, they are exploring their options and are hoping to use the Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as a bubble city in late July.

This proposed idea does allow for teams and players to have the necessary practice time in order to get back in game shape before the season would resume which is extremely important.

The spokesman said the league was "working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place".

There are a ton of factors at play in regards to the National Basketball Association finishing out this season including where it will ultimately take place as well as the prospect of finishing out the season and playoff format. But the 220-acre ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, with its three arenas and ample hotel accommodations, would allow the league to restart play while limiting outside exposures. It's also unclear if all 30 teams will be included in the season's resumption.

The season was paused on 11 March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The next steps would likely include a loosening of the restrictions for those voluntary workouts - no more than four players are now allowed inside any facility at a time - and then a plan for when training camps could open.

The Celtics' Auerbach Center practice facility has not yet been approved to reopen by state of MA, but 21 other teams around the nation have begun the first stage of reopening and have their practice facilities open. For example, Kyle Lowry, who is working out in Philadelphia, would have to be quarantined for two weeks should he return to Toronto. Butler, Iguodala and Hill are in California. The NBA has a board of governors call set for Friday, which is expected to provide further clarity on the plan to resume the season. "Teams are expecting the league to instruct them to start recalling players to their team's markets around June 1, sources tell ESPN".

Anthony Chiang covers the Miami Heat for the Miami Herald.

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